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Useful Organisations and Information

Youth Development Training

Youth Development Champions

The Youth Development Champions Project has been developed as a partnership between The Wayne Francis Charitable Trust and The Collaborative Trust. This project connects people in roles and positions that work with or impact young people, either directly or indirectly, with practitioners in youth development. We have created a range of trainings that provide significant impact to those who engage. These are currently provided for free for non-profits, with subsidised trainings for businesses. Any organisation that works with or impacts young people will find these to provide an excellent foundation on the what, where and why of youth development, before participating in The Collaborative's targeted topic-based trainings.


Connecting people who work with young people to online training opportunities.

Werry Workforce Whāraurau provides national training and workforce development within the child and adolescent mental health sector.

Support for Youth-Focused Organisations and Professionals

Ara Taiohi is the peak body for youth development in Aotearoa, New Zealand. We are a national membership-based organisation with over 1,000 personal and organisational members representing a diverse range of groups.

Society of Youth Health Professionals Aotearoa New Zealand (SYHPANZ) supports Doctors, Nurses, and Allied Health Professionals working within the Youth Health & Development scope of practice in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The New Zealand Youth Mentoring Network is a "charitable trust" who works alongside those that work with young people. We provide advice, support, access to best practice resources and professional development in Mentoring.

Provides free information and training, and advocate for policies and services that support people with experience of mental illness, and also their families/whānau and friends.

Canterbury Youth Workers Collective consists of Youth Workers and youth services in the province of Canterbury, New Zealand, and has been an Incorporated Society since 1986 with a Charitable Trust status. We exist to support those who work with youth by providing professional development, networking opportunities, accountability and information and resource sharing.

The Strengthening the Youth Sector Project has been a collection of projects based around five themes. Founded upon the issues identified in a post-earthquake hui with the youth sector in September 2012, the project formed five working groups to target key areas of development for the youth sector, in order to meet the needs of young people.

Support Services for Youth

The 298 Youth Health Centre provides FREE medical care and counselling services for those aged 10-24 years.

The Youth Hub is a collaboration of services and youth housing with opportunities for recreation, creation and entrepreneurship assisting young people aged 10-25 years to reach their full potential.

We provide support for rainbow young people in Ōtautahi Christchurch and the wider Waitaha Canterbury area.

Supporting queer & gender diverse youth in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Youth Research

Youth 19

The Youth19 Rangatahi Smart Survey (Youth19) is the latest in the Youth2000 series of health & wellbeing surveys. Youth19 was conducted in 2019 in the Auckland, Northland & Waikato regions by researchers from The University of Auckland, Victoria University of Wellington, University of Otago & Auckland University of Technology.

What About Me study? is a nationwide survey of young people in Aotearoa/New Zealand. The survey is being done to tell the Government, other agencies and researchers what it is like to be a young person in Aotearoa. Things like where they live, what they experience and what is important to them.

Growing up in New Zealand Study

Growing Up in New Zealand is this country's largest contemporary longitudinal study of child development. We're tracking the lives of more than 6,000 Kiwi children to discover what life is like growing up in 21st Century New Zealand. Our findings will influence research, policy and services to improve the well-being of all New Zealand children and their families.

Christchurch Health and Development Study

The Christchurch Health and Development Study (CHDS) has been in existence for over 40 years. During this time we have followed the health, education, and life progress of a group of 1,265 children born in the Christchurch (New Zealand) urban region in mid-1977. The cohort has been studied from infancy into childhood, adolescence and adulthood. Data gathered over the course of the study now comprises some 50 million characters of information, with which the study has published over 500 scientific papers, reports, books and book chapters describing the life history of the CHDS cohort. In 2019, we completed our participant interviews for their 40-year assessment.

The Dunedin Multidisciplinary Study

The Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study (Dunedin Study) is an ongoing, longitudinal study of the health, development and well-being of a general sample of New Zealanders. They were studied at birth (1972-73), followed up and assessed at the age of three when the longitudinal study was established. Since then they have been assessed every two years until the age of 15, then at ages 18 (1990-91), 21 (1993-94), 26 (1998-99), 32 (2003-2005), and 38 (2010-2012). The Study members have recently been assessed at age 45 (2017-2019) and it is hoped to continue further assessments in the future.

YOUTH19 Seminar

View a recording of the seminar that we held in August 2020, or find out more information on the youth study.

We aim to provide accurate, up-to-date information that contributes to improved health and wellbeing for all young people in Aotearoa, New Zealand.


Been There - Young People's Stories of Struggle and Hope

A collection of 25 stories by young people from all around NZ, telling their experiences and how they found hope. Published by The Collaborative Trust, about 800 copies have been sold with profits going to the Christchurch Youth Hub. Listed by library service as 'One of the Best YA Books of 2019', the stories are startlingly honest, courageous and very moving.

Order now for you, your family or your school. Purchase your copy here.

Being a True Hero: Understanding and Preventing Suicide in your Community

Written by Michael Hempseed, this book is the result of 10 years of research. Too often we exclusively associate suicide with depression. Being A True Hero looks at the many causes of suicide, from depression, bullying, brain injuries, psychosis, lack of sleep, loneliness, failure and many more. Reviewers have said this book is equally helpful for parents and GPs. The website has a number of free talks, sample chapters and other useful information about how you can help someone you are concerned about. Copies are available in Paperback or Kindle on Amazon or on the book's website,

Advocacy & Assistance Services

Classification Office

We inform and empower New Zealanders to experience, understand, create and share content in a positive way, while safeguarding our tamariki and rangatahi from harm.

Office of Children’s Commissioner

We advocate for the interests and wellbeing of children and young people.


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